Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride book cover

A former racer, Petersen has commuted by bike every day since 1980 – wow! Grant Petersen is the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works, a brand known for its lugged steel frames, throwback designs, and emphasis on comfort and functionality in lieu of the light weight and technological advances espoused by race bike firms. Bicycling Magazine once dubbed him the “Retro-Grouch,” a term that has since been used both pejoratively and in admiration to describe him.

From the Rivendell Bike website  description: Just Ride is a collection of eighty-nine micro-essays ranging on topics dealing with riding, dressing, safety, health and fitness, accessories, upkeep, technicalities, and velosophy. The book is written for the Unracer—the rider looking for a reason to shuck the click-in pedals and uncomfortable bikes and grueling rides, without feeling like it’s throwing in the towel. It’s about riding your bike outside the strange and often dysfunctional influences of racing and having a better time on the bike because of it.

This is both a funny and also an instructive book. Petersen definitely has his viewpoint and, while I don't agree with everything, he makes some valid points. I lie somewhere between his retro-grouchiness and the weight-weenie approach to cycling. There are times for the laid-back, cruising or utilitarian bike, but I also love taking out my (relatively) lightweight Look - the bike makes me a better and faster ride than I otherwise would be. Definitely a great addition to your cycling bookshelf!

Grant PetersEn
About the Author: Grant Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works and writes the Rivendell Reader. His writing and opinions have been featured in major bike and outdoor magazines, including Bicycling, Outside, and Men’s Journal. He’s commuted exclusively by bike since 1980, and lives with his family in Walnut Creek, California.

More information on this and many other fine books can be found on the Workman website.

Disclaimer: This product was advanced to me for review purposes, courtesy of Workman. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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  1. Interesting spin on cycling. I do think sometimes we forget that we are supposed to actually enjoy this stuff. It's probably a good reminder.

  2. Maybe the good news about being at the back of the pack is that I don't tend to take myself quite so seriously. I like to go faster so I probably do fall a bit in the middle like you, but I also do this to feel good about myself and the "fun" aspect plays into that.

  3. Sounds like a fun one. I love my carbon frame, I will admit, however! But it's nice to go ride with the kids and take it nice and slow, just cruising along.

  4. I think I'll need something like this if I ever start riding again. I'll need something to put enjoyment in it for me.


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